Michael is currently the managing member of multiple companies involved in the ownership and management of commercial real estate across the Tampa Bay area. His involvement with investing in and operating Tampa Bay area businesses and commercial real estate dates back to 1997 when he founded Progressive Staffing, Inc., a Clearwater-based professional employer organization. Michael operated Progressive Staffing full-time as its CEO until it was sold in 2002.
After Progressive Staffing, Michael was the owner and CEO of Progressive Employer Management Company (PEMCO), a Sarasota-based professional employment organization. In 2011, Michael sold PEMCO to Palm Beach Capital, a Florida-based private equity firm. Michael continued as the CEO of PEMCO until 2014, at which point he became Chairman of the Board until PEMCO was sold to another private equity firm in 2015. During his tenure at PEMCO, Michael oversaw the acquisition of numerous strategic acquisitions which resulted in growing the company four-fold.Michael has an extensive background as a senior executive, business adviser, investor and mentor to entrepreneurs in the Tampa Bay area. Michael is also a licensed lawyer and certified public accountant in Florida. He began his career at the law firm of Rudnick & Wolfe (predecessor to DLA Piper) and the international accounting firm of Peat Marwick and Mitchell (predecessor to KPMG). Michael earned his law degree from the University of Florida and his undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of South Florida.